Celebrating Kibworth

The villages of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt in the Harborough district of south Leicestershrire are havens of heritage, creativity and enterprise.  This page is a celebration of Kibworth people, past and present, who are an inspiration to their community and beyond,  and some of the places and buildings they treasure.


Latest news from Kibworth people

JONJO ELLIOTT

Jonjo lives in Kibworth Beauchamp.  He works on large canvases.  He is leading a major long-term project at De Montfort University researching how children, from birth to their teenage years react to art. His solo exhibition in the Artplex Gallery, Hollywood, USA, opens on Thursday 18th July 2019.

MILLIE NEAL

Millie, from Kibworth Beauchamp is a graduate in graphic design from De Montfort University. Her distinctive style has already landed her a job as a graduate designer for children's fragrances with clothing and homewares giant NEXT. She has used her Diabetes Type A diagnosis at just 18 years to inspire her work.


Unique independent Kibworth businesses

The Kibworth Bookshop run by Debbie James.   No 56 Coffee Shop, arts and crafts centre and more run by Louise Jopling.   Mon Amie at the Barn- flowers, floral design, courses -run by Louise Westley.  All in the High Street, and just a minute's walk from one to the other.

Amazing Kibworth studio photographers

Stu Williamson at the Kingsley Business Park in New Road.  Clearvision (Catherine Bradley) in Fleckney Road.  Artsy Image (Bea Bujtar-Barath) in the High Street.   (Note - Stu was once drummer with 'Marmalade!'[)

Fascinating Kibworth buildings

Not just a railway station, but the last example of a fascinating architectural style and now home to award-winning Second Nature Garden Design.  They won an award for a Rainbows Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

The Old School Surgery -the first meetings of Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council were held here from 1895 and the first public library in Kibworth opened here in 1929.  

Lloyds Pharmacy where Alonzo Freeland was the first pharmacist. He was also a commercial photographer who recorded Kibworth's past, and manufactured lemonade (a business later purchased by Furnivals).


Talented Kibworth artists

ANN AND REG CARTWRIGHT

Ann and Reg Cartwright live in Kibworth Beauchamp. Together, they have been writing and illustrating children's books for more than forty years. 

Reg Cartwright began his career as a graphic designer for several art studios and advertising agencies in his early career and became a full-time painter and illustrator in 1976.  His work has been shown around the world and currently his paintings can be seen at Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge and The Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk. 

His current work is mainly still-life with landscape or estuary background based along the Suffolk coast, or deceptively simply still-life.



From the past

Sir Harold Ridley was born in Kibworth Beauchamp in July 1906. His pioneering work developing interocular lenses during WWII led to modern techniques which have restored the sight of millons worldwide.  

Samuel Perkins Pick went to Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School.  An architect of great distinction, he co-founded the Leicester-based architectural and civil engineering firm Pick Everard which has created many landmark buildings.

Comedian and actor Bill Maynard went to Kibworth Beauchamp Grammar School.  Bill's comedy characters included Greengrass in ITV's Heartbeat and Selwyn Froggit. He appeared in dramatic roles such as Alan Plater's Trinity Tales. Bill was a member of the 'Carry On' team for several films.

John Theodore Kenney illustrated several Thomas the Tank Engine books for the Revd Wilbert Awdry and many Ladybird books. He was an outstanding landscape artist.  John combined his work as an artist with his day-to-day work for the Kibworth Design Studio of W.E.Slater.  A commemorative plaque was unveiled in his honour in June 2019.


Heritage

The windmill in Kibworth Harcourt is the last post mill in Leicestershire.  It was restored in the 1970s and can be viewed by arrangement. 

It is both a Grade 2* Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Building.  It is believed to date from 1711 and was last used to grind corn in about 1925.


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